The generally well-received Linux Mint 18 release, based on the Ubuntu 16.04 with all the benefits of the distribution's long-term security support, is about to complete the release plan with the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "KDE" edition. While the wait will soon be over for the fans of the popular heavy-weight desktop, they might find the new version almost unrecognisable compared to the previous releases. Clement Lefebvre explains in the latest issue of Mint Monthly News: "Unlike other Linux Mint editions, the KDE edition will ship with the SDDM display manager. Bad news for the nostalgic, the KDE edition will also abandon its distinctive blue Linux Mint icon and adopt the same green icon and boot sequence as other editions." Although there is no mention of the KDE version being shipped with Linux Mint 18, chances are it will be the same as in Kubuntu 16.04, i.e. KDE Plasma 5. This will, of course, dwarf any other changes in the edition, as KDE Plasma is still considered too buggy and incomplete by many. Nevertheless, Mint's "KDE" flavour might turn out to be the most interesting of the bunch, especially if the project's usually excellent quality assurance is applied to this edition in the same manner as in its "MATE" and "Cinnamon" variants.
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